Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon

by Warren Zevon
     
 

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Warren Zevon was a ten-year music industry veteran who had written songs for the Turtles, backed up Phil Everly, done years of session work, and been befriended by Jackson Browne by the time he cut his self-titled album in 1976 (which wasn't his debut, though the less said about…  See more details below

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Warren Zevon was a ten-year music industry veteran who had written songs for the Turtles, backed up Phil Everly, done years of session work, and been befriended by Jackson Browne by the time he cut his self-titled album in 1976 (which wasn't his debut, though the less said about 1969's misbegotten Wanted Dead or Alive the better). Even though Warren Zevon was on good terms with L.A.'s Mellow Mafia, he sure didn't think (or write) like any of his pals in the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac; Zevon's music was full of blood, bile, and mean-spirited irony, and the glossy surfaces of Jackson Browne's production failed to disguise the bitter heart of the songs on Warren Zevon. The album opened with a jaunty celebration of a pair of Old West thieves and gunfighters ("Frank and Jesse James"), and went on to tell remarkable, slightly unnerving tales of ambitious pimps ("The French Inhaler"), lonesome junkies ("Carmelita"), wired, hard-living lunatics ("I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"), and truly dastardly womanizers ("Poor Poor Pitiful Me"), and even Zevon's celebrations of life in Los Angeles, long a staple of the soft rock genre, had both a menace and an epic sweep his contemporaries could never match ("Join Me in L.A." and "Desperados Under the Eaves"). But for all their darkness, Zevon's songs also possessed a steely intelligence, a winning wit, and an unusually sophisticated melodic sense, and he certainly made the most of the high-priced help who backed him on the album. Warren Zevon may not have been the songwriter's debut, but it was the album that confirmed he was a major talent, and it remains a black-hearted pop delight.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1992
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596060820
catalogNumber:
1060
Rank:
55507

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Performance Credits

Warren Zevon   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jackson Browne   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Lindsey Buckingham   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Don Henley   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
David Lindley   Banjo,Fiddle,Violin
Stevie Nicks   Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jorge Calderon   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Phil Everly   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Carl Wilson   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ned Doheny   Guitar
Rosemary Butler   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Marty David   Bass
Glenn Frey   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Gentlemen Boys   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bob Glaub   Bass
Billy Hinsche   Vocal Harmony
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Roy Marinell   Bass
Sid Sharp   Strings
J.D. Souther   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Zack   Drums
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Jai Winding   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Stephanie Nicks   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Producer
Carl Wilson   Vocal Arrangements
Kent Nebergall   Engineer
Fritz Richmond   Engineer
Sid Sharp   Contributor
Waddy Wachtel   Producer
Warren Zevon   Arranger,Producer

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